the high line in chelsea

Restaurants, Shopping, and Fun Things to Do in Chelsea

Nestled along the Hudson River, Chelsea offers an endless supply of awesome architecture, boutiques, upscale eats, and over 200 art galleries to keep you busy.

Eats and Drinks in Chelsea

You can find something to hit the spot in Chelsea any time of day.

The Frying Pan

Hop aboard the Lightship on Pier 66 for a one of a kind dining experience from May through October. Built in 1929, this ship now serves as a seasonal restaurant called The Frying Pan.

Gorge on seasonal sea fare like oysters, crab cakes, or classic fish and chips. Don’t forget to sip on a classic sangria or specialty cocktail with your dessert.

Visiting Chelsea during the off-season? Head over to the Pier 66 Maritime Bar and Grill next-door instead.

Café Grumpy

Looking for a quiet sanctuary to read a book or chat with a friend away from the regular city bustle?

Pop in at Café Grumpy, one of the chicest coffee shops in New York, and let time stand still for a while.

Get your hotspot ready because Café Grumpy on Diamond Street doesn’t offer Wi-Fi. It does, however, supply sustainable coffees brewed to-order in an ambient garden setting.


When you hear “American food,” what comes to mind?

For the team at Cookshop on 10th Avenue, American food means wholesome and flavorful recipes highlighting fresh local ingredients.

Expect to stop in at Cookshop a few times during your visit. Its clean menu serves satisfying food and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like spit-roasted farm chicken, classic breakfast platters, specialty loose teas, and plenty of vino.

Prefer a dry meal? Cookshop hears you. Their menu includes a nice range of non-alcoholic drinks like a garden-to-glass lemon, basil, cucumber tonic or hibiscus-strawberry lemon soda.

Shopping in Chelsea

Set a budget now because Chelsea has some of New York’s best shopping destinations.

Chelsea Market

How do you categorize Chelsea Market? Well, you’ll just have to check this landmark out and let us know what you think!

Get your pocketbook out to shop fresh produce, fish, spices, and everything else you’d expect from a market in the traditional sense.

Saunter over to the storefronts for some retail therapy from major brands and niche local artisans with everything from Moroccan décor to modern fashion trends.

Chelsea Market is also a historical landmark. Built in the 1890s, the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) invented the Oreo cookie here.

Limelight Shops

Step outside your hotel room at The Avalon and take a brisk walk down 6th Avenue to enjoy the iconic Limelight Shops.

Limelight Shops blend an upscale shopping experience with some of Chelsea’s best architecture: this three-story shopping center is inside in a 19th-century church.

Browse the latest trends from luxury designers and splurge on a new pair of shoes. You’ve earned it!

Limelight Shops also offers plenty of dining opportunities to keep you full as you shop as well as occasional fashion events.

Things to Do in Chelsea

For those seeking something a little different, Chelsea is the perfect place to experience laid-back New York fun.

The High Line

A trip to Chelsea wouldn’t be complete without a day spent at The High Line!

The High Line is a historical stretch of elevated railway that transitioned into an urban park in 2006. Don’t worry, developers updated the original infrastructure so you can absorb the railroad in all its glory.

With equal parts park, art gallery, venue, and garden, there’s always something cultural or interesting happening at The High Line that everyone can enjoy.

Rubin Museum of Art

For a trip to the Far East through art, schedule yourself an afternoon at the Rubin Museum of Art on 17th Street.

The Rubin Museum of Art has a permanent exhibit dedicated to Tibet but also rotates curated work from the Himalayans, India, Nepal, and more.

Check out their events for meditation sessions, DJs, family days, and other exciting things to do.

Cinepolis Chelsea

Completely renovated with spacious reclining seats, cupholders, and airplane-style tray tables, Cinepolis Chelsea is the perfect place to spend movie night.

Pier 62

Forget Central Park! Stroll through Pier 62 for some morning fun.

A classic park overlooking the Hudson River, Pier 62 also offers food, a carousel, and a California-style skatepark.

Your Home in Midtown

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